The SF Giants enter 2024 hoping the young phenom Marco Luciano can be the everyday shortstop. But in the event that Luciano struggles, they will need a back up plan.
A pair of former All-Stars among the players the SF Giants should consider for infield depth
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required) reported that the SF Giants are out on Tim Anderson and Ames Rosario, two of the top shortstops available in free agency.
But Farhan Zaidi has talked about how the Giants are interested in a utility player, ideally with options, that they could have on the roster to back up Luciano and potentially play all over the field for them.
Here at Around the Foghorn we looked at one potential option in the form of former Dodger Kiké Hernández .
Yet, his struggles at shortstop with the Red Sox last year do not inspire great confidence especially when there are already question marks about Luciano’s defensive abilities.
There are other options out there though. None is a perfect match for what Zaidi said he is looking for, but they would provide much-needed depth at the shortstop position for the SF Giants. At the end of the day, the Giants want Luciano to be the starter but they should have the type of depth that can take over in case of an injury.
The goal is to avoid the depth issues the Giants had at shortstop last year where they had to try out Johan Camargo and Paul DeJong late in the year with the hopes of mustering any type of meaningful production.